Known for its vast and interesting history of liberalism (it was the first country to legalize marijuana) the tiny nation located between Argentina and Brazil may be overshadowed but has always had its fair share of admirers in the form of a small yet steady stream of travelers who appreciate its charms and attractions.
There is an abundance of natural wonder in this country, from the Gringo Trail to the Atlantic coastline, with its beaches, lagoons and dunes, lagoons, from quiet and quaint fishing villages to take wildlife excursions where one can see a variety of marine life. Other highlights include Haciendas and thermal springs.
The capital, Montevideo – is by far the country’s best attraction. While it looks subtle, it is one of South America’s biggest cultural capitals and by far the most liberal. Categorized as a Beta World City, Montevideo is considered the most gay-friendly city in all of the Latin American region. The coastal city has everything a curious traveler can ask for, with mind-blowing architecture, breezy promenades and golden beaches. It is also the place where the world’s longest carnival is held.
Other cities include the colonial city of Colonia del Sacramento that is located just opposite of the Argentinian capital city of Buenos Aires on the banks of the Rio de la Plata and boasts stunning 18th-century Portuguese architecture that can only be seen to be believed. Also present is Cabo Polonio, an off-grid eco-resort – an ideal place to disconnect from noise and connect with the wonders of nature.
It is often said that Uruguay is much like its beefsteaks – it needs time to be observed, absorbed and savored, but anyone who goes that will always be back for more.
Some facts about Uruguay:
- Uruguay is probably the only country in the world where every house has a unique name all of its own.
- In 2009, Uruguay became the first ever to offer every schoolchild a laptop with Wi-Fi access for free.
- Uruguay is the 2nd smallest country in South America – the first being Suriname.
- Cows outnumber human beings in Uruguay there are over 12 million cattle for only three million people.
- Uruguay has its own name for most traditional Catholic holidays. For instance, the Holy Week is called Tourism Week and Christmas is called Family Day.